Posts from: January 2019

NPN members get 15% off an evening with Julie King at Bennett Day


What do you do with a little kid who…won’t brush her teeth…screams in his car seat…pinches the baby...runs rampant in the supermarket? Organized by common challenges and conflicts, bestselling author, Julie King, joins us to discuss essential communication strategies for parents, caregivers, and educators.

You will leave feeling empowered to forge rewarding, joyful relationships with your child(ren) 2-7 years old. These strategies will help littl...

Posted on January 29, 2019 at 7:00 AM

NPN members pay no application fee at GEMS World Academy Chicago


GEMS World Academy Chicago is a culturally diverse school that nurtures a child’s love of learning and creativity. We are accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

Our master teachers exemplify excellence in the classroom. Each and every day, our educators inspire students, drive industry-changing innovation and enrich the communities in which they live and work.

Through coding and robotics, an integrated STEAM program, daily world...

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Questions to ask yourself when considering a CPS school


We just want the best education for our kids, right? There are many ways to define “best” and there are choices — they just require thoughtfulness and planning, sometimes years in advance. Online CPS resources define which options are available for your student. What you won’t find at are guidelines to help you decide which path is right for your student and family.

What’s your family’s tolerance for pressure?
The stress associated with testing and applic...

Posted on January 09, 2019 at 3:37 PM by Candice Blansett-Cummins

What to look for in a therapeutic preschool

As a parent, you want to ensure that your child receives every opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. Preschool can play a significant role in achieving these goals. For children who may not fit into a standard preschool setting because of a disorder, diagnosis, or disability, a therapeutic preschool program can be life-changing.

If your child would benefit from a therapeutic preschool, it is critical that you do your research. In my own experience, I found the following...

Posted on January 09, 2019 at 11:33 AM by Karen George

How to counter consumer culture with your kids

Another holiday season is upon us, giving many the sweet feelings of “joy to the world,” while for others there is the bitterness of “bah humbug.” Some of those feelings derive from the surplus of things and loved ones we are surrounded by—or not. Our materialistic culture gives us both the illusion of abundance and the pressure to replace our possessions with the latest and newest version. Our motivation to consume is to make us happier. But is that what it’s actually doing?

As a chil...

Posted on January 08, 2019 at 12:32 PM by Keisha Mathew

NPN members get 10% off enrollment fee at British International School SL


We at British International School South Loop empower students from Pre-K through Grade 12 to reach their highest potential with personalized learning. Visit us to experience what value your child receives at British International School of Chicago, South Loop as we think beyond traditional education including:

Complimentary before & after care (early years)
French and Spanish (primary)
French, Mandarin, Spanish an...

Posted on January 08, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Purge alert! Enlist the kids in sorting and donating unwanted stuff

Chicagoans don’t need to wait for spring cleaning time to come around. With months of cold, inhospitable weather, there’s plenty of time to fit in a January purge beforehand. After the abundance of the holidays and the resolutions of the New Year, this is the perfect time to clear out the old.

I enjoy this enforced home time to reassess what our family has and needs, and to get organized. However, while clearing out can seem like a great idea when you start, it can quickly become overw...

Posted on January 07, 2019 at 1:54 PM by Fiona Royer

When it comes to self-care, listen to Michelle Obama

I had the pleasure of joining thousands of other women to attend Michelle Obama's book launch event for her book, Becoming, on Nov. 13 at United Center. It was amazing! I was in awe of her story, her strength, and steadfastness to become the Michelle Obama so many of us have come to love and adore. No matter your political affiliation, you cannot deny the superpowers she displays as a daughter, wife, mom, friend and leader. A true boss! 

Ok, so now that I have finished gushing about Mi...

Posted on January 07, 2019 at 1:19 PM by Nicole Walker

NPN members get $300 off closing costs at Alcove M.D.P.


Alcove M.D.P. offers Wicker Park’s newest luxury condominiums and townhomes. Perfect for young families. Large condominiums with living spaces and bedrooms on a single floor makes babyproofing easy. Thoughtful floor plans with high-end finish packages that you can customize. Professionally landscaped courtyard for outdoor fun with kids. Tucked away, but steps from Chicago’s best restaurants along Milwaukee Ave and Division Street. Starting fr...

Posted on January 01, 2019 at 7:00 AM